A man has been charged with the vicious stabbing to death of LGBT+ rights activist Julian Aubrey in London last year.
The Times UK reports today that 48-year-old Enrique Facelli was charged with the murder of Julian Aubrey, 55, who was found stabbed to death at his home in West Kensington in October 2017.
Facelli, of Shaftsbury Place, Warwick Road, will appear in custody at Westminster magistrates’ court today (March 1).
Aubrey’s violent murder sent shockwaves through the Kensington’s LGBT+ community, of which he was a leading voice while chairman of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea LGBT liaison group.
He worked as a counsellor helping victims of sexual abuse and offered training to patients dealing with long-term trauma.
Neighbours of Aubrey told local media that they heard screaming in the early hours on the morning of his death, and claimed that he was a part of several disputes during the last few months of his life.
One neighbour told the Evening Standard: “He does bits and pieces to wind people up. He antagonised people, but he’s a human being. He didn’t deserve to die in the manner he did.”
After Aubrey’s death, his brother-in-law Nigel Turner said he was “a great man” who “had his problems”. “Julian was a great guy. I can’t come to terms with what happened.”
“He had his problems but he had a lot of time for other people. He did a lot of counselling work. He was a good counsellor, he had great empathy, and I’m sure he helped a lot of people. He loved art, he loved people. It’s all a bit raw.”
Three other men who were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder remain released “under investigation”, said Scotland Yard.
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